Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 now open for applications.


Art Fund Museum of the Year, the world’s largest museum award, is a celebration of UK museums and galleries. It is announced today that the 2,500 museums, galleries and heritage sites in the UK have from January 5, 2022 to February 8, 2022 to apply for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022.

The Postal Museum of London 2018Photo: Marc Atkins

The 2022 Prize will be more important than ever in championing the UK’s vital museums, and Art Fund is seeking nominations from organizations whose achievements tell the story of the creativity and resilience of the sector, with particular emphasis on public engagement today and tomorrow. in a way that can be sustained.

Jenny Waldman, Art Fund Director and Art Fund Museum of the Year Judges Chair, said:

Throughout the pandemic, museums have been a source of inspiration, joy and support for many. Organizations have shown incredible imagination and creativity to adapt in the face of constant change and challenges – finding new ways to work, new stories to tell, and new audiences to engage. The Museum of the Year will celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of museums, galleries and historic homes over the past year. I urge everyone to continue to visit, engage or support their local museums.

Art Fund encourages applications from any museum, gallery or historic home, regardless of size and anywhere in the UK. Applicants will be asked to answer three questions:

  • What did you do last year that showed your imagination and creativity?
  • How did it make a difference?
  • How do you plan to leverage this sustainably in the future?

The 2022 jury, chaired by Art Fund director Jenny Waldman, will include: Diane Lees, director of the Imperial War Museums; artist Harold Offeh; and two more to be announced.

The prize winner will receive £ 100,000 and each of the other four finalists will receive £ 15,000.
A shortlist of five museums will be announced in early May and the winner will be announced in July.

There are around 2,500 museums in the UK, many of which are free, including national museums, local authority museums, university museums, independent museums, historic properties and heritage sites. Art Fund Museum of the Year currently complements the Art Fund’s charitable museum program, which includes its ongoing program of grants, support and partnerships.

Art Fund Museum of the Year will continue its collaboration with the BBC in 2022, to find out more visit



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Marc Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor-in-chief of FAD magazine Founder and co-editor of Art of Conversation and founder of the @worldoffad platform

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